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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Public Notices

Under the Coastal Zone Management Act, the New Hampshire Coastal Program (NHCP) provides the public with opportunities to comment on activities requiring federal consistency review, proposed changes to Coastal Program rules, and draft plans. Please see below for current public notices and comment periods.

Federal Consistency Public Notices

Pursuant to Section 307(c) of the Coastal Zone Management Act, the NHCP has received consistency requests for the following proposed activities. Public Notice is provided in accordance with the Federal Consistency Regulations (15 C.F.R. Part 930).

Written comments may be submitted to the NHCP, Pease Field Office, 222 International Drive, Suite 175, Portsmouth, NH, 03801. Comments may also be submitted electronically to For additional information, please contact Christian Williams at (603) 559-0025.

Current Federal Consistency Notices

Agency/Applicant:  National Marine Fisheries Service

The National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) is proposing the Interstate Fishery Management Plan ("Plan") for Jonah Crab. Jonah crab landings from the northwest Atlantic have increased dramatically in the past 20 years from nearly 3 million pounds in 1994 to a high of over 17 million pounds in 2014. While scientific information is not available to estimate the size of the Jonah crab stock in U.S. waters, the available information on Jonah crabs and its fishery indicates that current harvest levels are thought to be sustainable. NMFS, based on the recommendation of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, is recommending implementation of the management measures identified in the Plan to begin the sustainable management of the Jonah crab fishery in federal waters.

The Plan includes the following preferred commercial and recreational possession limits, and permitting and reporting requirements:

  • Only federal American lobster permit holders would be allowed to harvest Jonah crab, both commercially and recreationally. Under this structure, any limited access lobster trap permit holder may harvest an unlimited amount of Jonah crab from permitted lobster areas.
  • Commercial harvesters would be restricted to possessing and landing Jonah crabs with a minimum carapace width of 4 ¾ inches (12.065 cm).
  • Commercial and recreational harvesters would be prohibited from retaining egg-bearing female Jonah crabs.
  • The commercial non-trap and non-lobster trap incidental catch of Jonah crabs would be restricted to no more than 50 percent, by weight, of all species onboard a vessel.
  • The commercial non-trap and non-lobster trap incidental catch of Jonah crabs would be restricted to 1,000 crabs per trip.
  • Jonah crab-only harvesters (e.g., harvesters with a limited access Jonah crab-only permit) would be required to submit harvester reports (e.g., federal vessel trip reports).
  • Dealers purchasing Jonah crabs from a federal commercial harvester must obtain a federal dealer permit for Jonah crabs and submit dealer reports.
  • Recreational harvesters would be limited to 50 whole Jonah crabs per day.
Comments Deadline: June 29, 2018

Other Public Notices - None at this time.

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